Fresh manhunt underway amid fears of more strikes — Barcelona attack

Dominique Dufresne
Août 21, 2017

Wednesday's explosion meant the attackers were unable to use material they were planning to deploy in the attacks, Catalan police Chief Josep Lluis Trapero said Friday. "Police stations always assess the risk and take measures accordingly".

Along with Mohamed Houli Chemlal, three other suspects have been arrested.

Police initially targeted Oukabir as the central figure behind the attack, but now believe Abouyaaqoub is their main suspect.

Meanwhile, British boy Julian Cadman was among those killed in the Barcelona attack, it has been announced.

In a little Spanish town by the Pyrenees mountains, a Moroccan imam has come under intense scrutiny, accused of creating the terror cell that allegedly launched the twin attacks in Spain.

Their families say they had no idea that their sons, brothers or cousins were involved with terror attacks - and were shocked because they seemed like such integrated youths with jobs, cars and studies.

Initially, only one person was believed killed in the Wednesday blast.

Infidels stand in the way of the universal acceptance of Islam.

The septic tank of the house, which had only one floor, was used as storage for the tanks and explosives, Bort said.

L'explosion d'Alcanar, le point de départ — Attentat de Barcelone
L'Espagnol, dont l'identité n'a pas été révélée, est né à Melilla, ville sous administration espagnole dans le nord du Maroc. Certains d'entre eux portaient des ceintures d'explosifs , a ajouté un porte-parole des Mossos.

No European country is closer to North Africa than Spain. She hasn't heard from Omar since he left.

"We are ordinary, peaceful people". Searches of the vehicles have produced "positive results", he said.

A waiter at one of the cafes told AFP he had served beers to the suspects numerous times, most recently just two days ago.

Islamic extremists have made a point of targeting Europe's major tourist attractions in recent years — especially in rented or hijacked vehicles. "His last message to me was that he was lying on the beach with friends".

ISIS issued a formal claim of responsibility for the two attacks Saturday.

Also, Spain's King and Queen have attended a mass at Barcelona's Sagrada Familia basilica for the victims.

With its soaring towers, intricate sculptures and stained glass windows, the "Holy Family" church is dedicated to the Christian concept of family and faith.

"I'm still waiting for all of it to be a lie".

Brussel's Molenbeek suburb has gained notoriety as a hotbed of international jihadists after the Paris and Brussels attacks.

Saint-Denis: une cache d'armes découverte
Après plusieurs semaines de surveillance et de filature, les enquêteurs ont interpellé les deux malfaiteurs jeudi matin. Une cité réputée pour être un haut lieu du trafic de stupéfiants (cannabis, crack, héroïne).

For many, it was difficult to believe that the group of young men could organized such a complicated operation - with multiple bases and targets - by themselves.

The dead and wounded in the two attacks came from 34 countries.

An impromptu memorial is seen a day after a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain August 18, 2017.

Abouyaaqoud's mother took part in a rally at Ripoll town hall square on Saturday and said she repudiated the attacks, asking her son to turn himself in.

When asked if the attacks have changed the relations between natives and migrants, people in Ripoll gave different answers.

Earlier police said a manhunt was centred on Younes Abouyaaquoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan suspected of driving the van that ploughed into a packed Barcelona promenade Thursday, killing 13 people and injuring 120.

The flattened ruins of a house in the village of Alcanar have become the center of a massive police investigation into the terror cell suspected of using the house to make bombs. On the other, the second generation of young Muslim migrants had started to become adult.

Catalan regional police said they are mounting major road blocks throughout the northeastern region, warning people they may encounter traffic jams on different roads.

Satty arrived in Ripoll in 2015, said Minhaj.

Messe à la Sagrada Familia, dans un pays en deuil — Espagne
D'après certains medias locaux, la Sagrada Familia était l'une des cibles de la cellule démantelée par la police catalane. Toujours d'après les médias, Abdelbaki As Satty avait déjà fait de la prison pour des délits mineurs.

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